Reviewed: Warm Audio WA73-EQ Single Channel Mic Preamp
I’ve often said that most home studios can certainly achieve professional results by simply setting up one single channel of serious front-end for their recording setup. You don’t need a large format console or eight channels of AD conversion if you’re just recording a single track at a time. Rather than wasting money on unnecessary track counts that will never be used, why not invest in one seriously good input section and get the most from your recording? Whether it’s in a professional studio looking for added variety in their sounds or the serious home recording setup, the WA73-EQ from Warm Audio is certainly going to get the earbuds tingling.
Reviewed: PreSonus Studio 1824
I don’t know about all of you reading this, but I for one have been using PreSonus hardware in some form or another in my one personal recording setup for the last decade. This does not mean I’m biased in any way. I don’t favour this brand over others just because I have used their products, but I have definitely found certain PreSonus devices offered me a solution that I could not find elsewhere. That said, I don’t use PreSonus for my main audio interface; however, I have tested and tried just about every model that has been released in the last ten years. It’s not become my main interface purely because my system is based around another specific piece of hardware.
Reviewed: Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB audio interface
It’s been a while since I had my hands on a Focusrite Clarett audio interface, with the previous Thunderbolt model landing on my desk several years back. There were some restrictions with this in that it wasn’t exactly PC friendly, and it certainly wasn’t a friend to your hip pocket either. But a lot has changed in the last couple of years, and now with the release of the Clarett 8Pre USB audio interface there have been a number of improvements. A smaller size, a smaller price tag, greater AD/DA conversion and a wider compatibility makes this an audio interface that many of you may well now stop and consider. If you’re looking for eight high quality microphone preamps in one single rack space with conversion worthy of backing them up, then the Clarett 8Pre USB might just be for you.
Reviewed: Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB
The Focusrite Clarett range focuses on tour audio interfaces designed to offer the kind of quality and features found in units costing twice the price. The series goes from the desktop Clarett 2Pre (10-in, 4-out) and Clarett 4Pre reviewed here (18-in, 8-out) to the single-rackmount Clarett 8Pre (18-in, 20-out) up to the Thunderbolt-only Clarett 8PreX, with a very respectable 26-in, 28-out. Aside from the consistent visual presentation, the line is also held together by its reliance on Focusrite’s decades of analogue design experience, along with Air-enabled preamps that reproduce the input impedance, clarity, and frequency response curve of the company’s original ISA mic preamp.
Reviewed: PreSonus Studio 26 USB Interface
PreSonus offer a range of products to cater for different needs, but they are mostly known for their audio interfaces, in particular the AudioBox. PreSonus have taken the simplicity of that unit and delivered a new USB audio interface that offers quality audio and a very workable hardware interface that will certainly feel right at home with so many compact recording setups looking for style and sound quality. The new Studio 26 USB is here to offer that little bit extra in the same compact housing.
Reviewed: RME ADI-2 DAC DA converter & audio interface
No one does analogue to digital conversion like RME, and the ADI-2 DAC is proof of that. After the success of the ADI-2 PRO, the company saw further possibilities for a simpler DA device in the hi-fi market and with that realisation, the ADI-2 DAC was born. Built with incredible audio quality in mind for use in a home environment, this is the device you should consider when you really want to hear everything.
Reviewed: PreSonus FaderPort 16
Most of you who keep an eye on home studio gear will certainly be aware of the PreSonus FaderPort. The original compact control surface for transport and fader controls made its way into many home studios over the last ten or so years, and still continues to be a popular option for simple mix tasks when you don’t want to use the mouse for every function. Well, with a few advancements in the last couple of years, PreSonus have now launched their flagship model in the FaderPort line, one that will offer far more control and a greater ‘hands-on’ workflow. Offering more than ever, the FaderPort 16 is here.
Reviewed: Bome Box
When I think back to some of my studio setups in the 90’s and years following, there were always several MIDI merge boxes, through boxes, routers and other devices holding together the mess of five pin DIN cables that ensued. It was beautifully simple and yet stupidly complicated all at the same time. Then, as technology developed, we started to see MIDI over USB and devices began to appear that no longer sported the classic five pin DIN connection, yet still they operated on MIDI signals. This is where so many recording and production setups have been split with the old and the new devices not talking to one another, even though they are all speaking the same language. What resulted was the need to have your computer always in the centre of the setup to convert and route your MIDI signals. At least, that was the case, until the advent of the Bome Box.